Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas

Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas, a healthy winter-twist on the traditional Mexican cocktail. This simple margaritas recipe with pomegranate juice is perfect drink for holiday parties or even just happy hour at home. Cheers!

a hand pouring a pomegranate margarita into a glass with a salt and sugar rim

Pomegranates are one of my favorite things about winter. When the earth begins to hibernate and we’re missing summer’s fresh fruits, pomegranates are a bright (red) spot on the winter harvest horizon.

Pomegranate Margaritas are tart, sweet, and perfect for holiday parties, this simple cocktail has only four ingredients and is ready in under five minutes. One sip and you’ll be transported from your cold weather winter to warm dusty beaches (if not in body, then in mind).

Ready for the recipe that will replace your party punch year after year? Let’s make Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas!

a red margaritas on the rocks with a salted rim

How to make Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas

This is the perfect pomegranate margarita recipe to take advantage of the winter months’ pomegranate harvest, and they also happen to be super easy to make — which makes them a great choice for holiday parties.

First, combine tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail mixer. Shake well and pour over a glass with ice cubes a salted or sugar rim (I like a sugar rim for the holidays, or combine them for a sweet and salty taste). Top with pomegranate arils (or pomegranate seeds) and a lime wedge, and enjoy.

Add a twist: for a bit sweeter margarita, add a splash of orange juice or agave syrup or simple syrup. I like the orange juice because it smooths out the tart taste from lime juice, but also adds a cloudier look to the margarita (the photos here did not use orange juice, but I do highly recommend).

And that’s it! A simple winter-twist on traditional margaritas, your guests will love it.

two cocktail glasses with sugar rim and a pomegranate margarita

Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas: Tips, tricks, and tools

This Perfect Pomegranate Margarita is a great recipe to bring to holiday parties because it’s so simple to make, but there are a few kitchen tools, ingredients, and easy recipe variations I recommend:

  • A cocktail set: it’s possible to make this margarita recipe without a cocktail shaker, strainer, and spoon, but having a full mixology set make serving much easier (plus it looks fancier)
  • A glass pitcher and cocktail glasses: having a holiday party? Serving up margaritas one-by-one is time consuming. Instead, make a big batch and serving inside a glass pitcher to let guests serve themselves with highball cocktail glasses
  • Prep ahead of time: mix the margaritas up to three days ahead of your party to save time. Just add ice when ready to serve.
  • Get creative with garnishes: pomegranate arils and lime are a must, but get creative by adding fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil, and sage

two red margaritas on a blue table with a pomegranate and green leaves


I hope you enjoy this easy margarita recipe as much as we do! For more twists on classic cocktails check out our Homemade Strawberry Mint Spritzer and Homemade Bloody Mary Mix recipes, both perfect for your next cocktail party.

Did you make this Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas recipe? Leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out. Save this recipe for later by pinning to your favorite winter Pinterest board and make sure to tag me on Fork in the Road’s Instagram to show me your cocktail creations!

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Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas

a hand pouring a pomegranate margarita into a glass with a salt and sugar rim

Perfect Pomegranate Margaritas, a healthy winter-twist on the traditional Mexican cocktail featuring pomegranate and lime juice with tequila blanco and a salted sugar rim. Cheers!

  • Author: Kristina Todini, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 margaritas
  • Category: Drinks + Cocktails
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

For two cocktails

  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice (optional, but adds sweeter flavor)
  • 2 tsp Agave syrup (optional if you like tart margaritas)
  • 1 cup ice
  • For salted sugar rim: 1 lime wedge, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Garnish: 4 tablespoons pomegranate arils, lime slices

For 10 cocktails (pitcher)

  • 15 ounces tequila
  • 10 ounces triple sec
  • 5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 10 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 5 ounces orange juice
  • 1.5 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 5 cups of ice
  • For salted sugar rim: 5 lime wedges (1 whole lime), teaspoons salt, 5 teaspoons sugar
  • Garnish: ½ cup pomegranate arils, 3 whole limes cut into wedges

Instructions

For individual cocktails

  • For Pomegranate Margaritas: combine triple sec, lime juice, pomegranate juice, orange juice, tequila, and agave in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup ice. Shake well to combine.
  • To salt rim: combine salt and sugar on a small plate. Wet rims of glasses with lime wedge and then place glass rim down into salt and sugar mixture.
  • To serve: fill rimmed cocktail glasses with remaining ice and strain pomegranate margarita from cocktail shaker into glass. Top with lime slice and pomegranate arils and enjoy!

For 10 cocktails (pitcher)

  • For pitcher of Pomegranate Margaritas: combine triple sec, lime juice, pomegranate juice, orange juice, tequila, and agave in a large pitcher. Stir well to combine with a wooden spoon, then fill pitcher with ice.
  • To salt rim: combine salt and sugar on a small plate. Wet rims of glasses with lime wedge and then place glass rim down into salt and sugar mixture.
  • To serve: fill cocktail glasses with remaining ice and pour pomegranate margarita from pitcher into glass. Top with lime slice and pomegranate arils and enjoy!

For Frozen Pomegranate Margaritas

  • For 2 servings: combine all ingredients into a blender with 2 cups of ice and blend, adding in more pomegranate or lime juice for until desired consistency.

Notes

  • Tools needed: cocktail set, cocktail classes
  • Notes: add more or less agave nectar to taste
  • Leftovers and storage: if you make more than one cocktail and plan to have leftovers, don’t add ice to pitcher and store in the refrigerator for up to four days
  • Nutrition: Nutrition information is calculated for margarita without agave syrup and salted sugar rim. A margarita is a treat, it is not supposed to be a health food (so my professional recommendation is not to concern yourself with the nutrition in a margarita). However, this homemade margarita is low in added sugar compared to many premade mixes.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 margarita (4.5 ounces)
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: pomegranate margaritas, holiday margaritas, holiday cocktail

a red cocktail on a white and blue table with a pomegranate

Kristina Todini, RDN of Fork in the Road cutting vegetables in an outdoor kitchen.

Author: Kristina Todini, RDN

Welcome! I'm a registered dietitian who believes that food should be good for you AND good for the planet. Join me in taking the "fork in the road" to eat green and live sustainably.

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